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Somali piracy and terror pose threat to East African tourism

(eTN) - Recent terror attacks in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi and an increase of Somali piracy on the East African coast have posed a threat and a drawback to the smooth growth of tourism in East Afr

Tanzanian army arrests seven Somali pirates in a foiled ship attack

TANZANIA (eTN) - As Somali piracy continues terrorizing countries bordering the east coast of the Indian Ocean, seven armed pirates, believed to be Somalis, have been apprehended by the Tanzanian army

Travel embargo now extends 150 km from Somali border

(eTN) - Embassies and High Commissions in Nairobi were swift to react to the second abduction of a foreign national from the sun-drenched beaches of Kenya’s Indian Ocean shores last weekend and intr

Seychelles and Mauritius sign pirates transfer agreement

The Chair of the High Level Committee on Piracy has applauded the recent pre-trial prisoner transfer agreement signed between Mauritius and the European Union, which is the first step towards prosecut

US ready to support African states in war against Somali piracy

TANZANIA (eTN) - The United States is looking at appropriate measures that would help African states to fight Somali piracy in the Indian Ocean waters.

United fight against Indian Ocean piracy

The Seychelles government has finalized an agreement with Danish authorities on the transfer of suspected pirates detained at sea for trial in Seychelles.

Seychelles and Puntland strengthen piracy agreement

Earlier today, during a meeting held at the Seychelles Ministry of Foreign Affairs where several piracy-related issues were discussed, it was announced that Puntland will accept the transfer of all co

Seychelles sends 9 pirate suspects to Netherlands for trial

While patroling the waters of Seychelles and off the coast of Somalia, 9 suspected pirates were picked up yesterday by the the Royal Netherlands Ship, the HNLMS Tromp.

Obama authorizes use of force in piracy hijacking

The 58-foot vessel, named the Quest, was captured by pirates in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Oman on Friday and was being shadowed by the military.

US Admiral admits piracy equates to terrorism

(UGANDA) eTN - US Vice Admiral Mark Fox was quoted last week in an AFP news services release that "only counter terrorism measures" could deal with the Somali pirate menace, as they operate with incre

Somali pirates attack oil tanker ship in Tanzania

TANZANIA (eTN) - Less than two weeks since the Tanzanian soldiers intercepted Somali pirates during an attempt to hijack an oil drilling ship in the Indian Ocean, this week, an oil tanker ship escaped

Somali pirates hijack cargo ship in Tanzanian waters

TANZANIA (eTN) - Just a few days after the Tanzanian army intercepted a Somali pirate boat and captured one member of the gang, the pirates have attacked a Malta-registered ship on the Tanzanian water

Tanzanian army intercepts Somali pirate ship

TANZANIA (eTN) - Tanzanian soldiers intercepted a Somali pirate boat along the Indian Ocean and captured one pirate after a heavy exchange of fire.

Seychelles Supreme Court gives 10-year jail term to Somali pirates

The Seychelles Supreme Court today convicted and sentenced 11 accused Somali pirates.

Pirate attack in Tanzanian waters

A vessel bound for Mombasa was reportedly attacked last week by

Anti-piracy surveillance to move closer to Somalian shores

Unmanned aerial vehicles, aka drones, are increasingly playing a more important role in surveillance activities to guard shipping traffic against attacks by ocean terrorists, and many of them have bee

First piracy trial commences in Victoria

The first case against alleged Somali pirates is now in court in the Seychelles capital of Victoria, when 11 of them were charged under the country’s laws against piracy and terrorism.

US-bound supertanker hijacked by Somali pirates

NAIROBI, Kenya – Somali pirates seized a tanker carrying crude oil from Saudi Arabia to the United States in the increasingly dangers waters off East Africa, an official said Monday, an attack that

Somali pirates mistake warship for commercial vessel

NAIROBI – Somali pirates attempted to storm the French navy's 18,000 tonne flagship in the Indian Ocean after mistaking it for a cargo vessel, the French military said on Wednesday.

Seychellois citizens held as hostages could be leaving Somalia soon

VICTORIA, Seychelles - The Seychelles head of the “Hostage Negotiation Team,” Minister Joel Morgan, has said that the three Seychellois citizens who were being detained in Galkayo, Somalia, are in

Somali Islamic militias down Kenyan military helicopter

Reports from Mombasa overnight speak of a Kenyan military helicopter being shot down by Islamic militant Somali militias controlling the border region on the Somali side of the frontier.

Somali pirates disrupt fuel supplies in East Africa

With increasing threats of Somali piracy on ships heading to Eastern and Southern Africa, fuel supplies in three East African countries has been disrupted causing shortage of petrol products in the re

UN secretary general: Piracy problem inseparable from overall Somali crisis

As the United Nations Security Council strengthened efforts Wednesday to fight piracy off the Somali coast, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned that the problem could not be divorced from the need to

French commandos rescue tourists from Somali pirates

French commandos stormed a sailboat to free two French tourists who were being held by heavily-armed Somali pirates, President Nicolas Sarkozy has said.